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China Bans Government Use of Microsoft's Windows 8

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This articles discusses how China has banned the use of Microsoft's Windows 8 on all government computers. The Central Government Procurement Center said they issued the ban as part of a notice on the use of energy saving products. It has not been elaborated how the ban actually supported the use of energy-saving products.

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 23, 2014 5:13 PM
I think it is very telling when Chinese officials can't explain how it will save energy or improve security. It shows that China's government must be hiding more. I think they are trying to keep influences from the United States out of their country. Because they didn't back up their reasoning, I am suspicious of their motives. I would be really confused if I was someone from China who was personally affected by the ban.
Evan Richardson's comment, May 26, 2014 2:02 AM
This story is pretty odd, especially considering that Microsoft just ended support for Windows XP. I don't really believe that China has anything against Microsoft, as most of their computers have Windows XP, but I think that the Chinese government might want to give Chinese tech companies the monopoly on their operating systems. This may be far off but overall the whole situation seems pretty off.
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Supreme Court Revives Taser Death Lawsuit

Supreme Court Revives Taser Death Lawsuit | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to take a new look at a case involving repeated police use of a Taser stun gun on a handcuffed Louisiana man who later died. The justices sent the case of Baron Pikes back to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. That court...
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This article talks about how the Supreme Court ordered a lower court to take a new look at a case where policemen repeatedly used a taser on a handcuffed man, who later died. It was sent back to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They want to make sure the case hadn't originally been dismissed too easily. The policeman used the taser at least 8 times within 14 minutes. I think it is good they decided to take a new look at this case. 

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Government released hundreds of immigrant felons

Government released hundreds of immigrant felons | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials freed 193 undocumented immigrants who had been convicted of homicide, 426 of sexual assault, 303 of kidnapping and more than 16,000 with drunken-driving records.
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This article talks about undocumented immigrants and how the Department of Homeland Security can conduct their deportation practices "more humanely". 36,007 convicted criminals were released last year by immigration officials last year. This fact is being used to say that the administration needs to toughen its immigration enforcement efforts.It seems unlikely to me that they will be able to relax the enforcement.

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Youths sue U.S. government over climate inaction | Al Jazeera America

Youths sue U.S. government over climate inaction | Al Jazeera America | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
An unprecedented massive legal campaign led by young Americans is playing out in courtrooms across the nation
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This article talks about how young Americans are suing the United States government for not developing a climate recovery plan. I think it is awesome that young Americans are getting involved with the government. Apparently, this is the biggest "coordinated set of legal actions on this scale" that has ever occurred in our history.

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Evan Richardson's comment, May 11, 2014 8:58 PM
I think that this movement is overall extremely positive. Even though that it may seem like these people are suing out of anger, I feel like they are simply suing for action. Climate change is a serious problem that some people don't even realize, and without massive government changes, there will be little to prevent an unfamiliar future.
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Local Governments Have Cut a Staggering Number of Teachers Lately. It Didn't Have to Be That Way.

Local Governments Have Cut a Staggering Number of Teachers Lately. It Didn't Have to Be That Way. | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
The federal government could have made sure steep cuts to education didn't take place and helped the economy at the same time.
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This article discusses how local governments have cut a lot of teaching jobs. 44% of the 627,000 jobs that the government cut were teaching jobs. I think this is terrible because teachers are instrumental to the growth of our nation. Without them, no child would learn. 

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 10, 2014 12:33 PM
In a time where the economy has been relatively slow, it makes sense that people are losing jobs. It is a sad reality, but it is the truth. The really terrible thing is when the government has the power to prevent it, but they choose not to. This was the case with many teachers. Teachers are a vital part of our society, and education plays a huge role in future success. I understand that the federal government does not want to increase its debt, but in some cases it is necessary.
Evan Richardson's comment, May 11, 2014 8:55 PM
Overall I think the fact that teachers got the cut is almost unacceptable. If people want to be teachers, they should not be afraid of losing their jobs simply because of a bad economy, because they hold the key to our future success in the students that they influence every day.
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Government releases names of schools under sex-assault investigations.

Government releases names of schools under sex-assault investigations. | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
The federal government took the unprecedented step of releasing the names of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for their handling of sexual violence or harassment complaints.
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This article discusses the 55 colleges and universities that the federal government revealed were under investigation for how the handled sexual violence or harassment complaints. There are many different types of colleges on this list from very small ones, to extremely large ones. Under the Title IX law passed by the Obama administration, it prohibits gender discrimination at schools receiving federal funds, and sexual violence is included in gender discrimination. It will be interesting to see what happens with this.

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Evan Richardson's comment, May 4, 2014 9:58 PM
Overall I think these actions are good. Most likely the schools that we're covering up these events were only doing so to protect their own name, so it is nice to see that the government is actually taking it in to their own hands in punishing those who are responsible. I think these actions can be a model for future equality in universities.
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Court orders US government to release drone 'kill list'

Court orders US government to release drone 'kill list' | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
The U.S. government must publicly disclose in redacted form secret papers describing its legal justification for using drones to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas, because President Barack Obama and senior government officials have commented on the subject, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
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This article discusses the fact that the government must disclose papers explaining their legal justification for using attack drones. The attack drone has been used to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas. I think it is great that the government has to provide a reason why they are killing United States citizens. Citizens has the right to know the legal justifications behind these deaths. 

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Kristin Blom's comment, April 26, 2014 11:39 PM
I have mixed feelings about the use of drones. I have to admit, I do not know how often they are used, but I think they should only be used in very specific circumstances. If the government is choosing to use them to eliminate potential threats, I do not think this is morally acceptable. With the court ordered release of drone strike information, it will make it more clear whether these morals are being violated. However, I do worry that the release of this information puts the national security at a greater risk. It will be interesting to see if drones become a larger issue in the future.
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Far Eastern Promises | Foreign Affairs

Far Eastern Promises | Foreign Affairs | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
The United States is in the early stages of a substantial national project: reorienting its foreign policy to commit greater attention and resources to the Asia-Pacific region. This reformulation of U.S.
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This article discusses the that the United States is going to change their foreign policy to benefit Asia. They will reorient it so greater attention is payed to the Asia-Pacific region. The Obama administration is making a set of diplomatic, economic, and security initiatives know as the "pivot" or "rebalancing" for Asia. As this initiative is in the early stages, it will be very interesting to see what happens. 

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Evan Richardson's comment, April 27, 2014 4:56 PM
I agree that it will be interesting to see how this plays out. As Asia definitely holds the advantage when it comes to pure raw resources, we need to focus on innovation and moving forward rather than trying to keep up with the production of other countries. Even though many people are not qualified, that is something that can be solved through education and investment into those fields, so it will be interesting to see where the government puts its focus for the years to come.
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U.S. citizenship becomes family affair

FINDLAY — It took 25 years for Felisa Pagal Abubo to realize her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. For 30 minutes before taking her oath of citizenship, Mrs. Abubo did what mothers across America often find themselves doing: She watched in
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This article is about 21 people who participated in a naturalization ceremony at the University of Findlay on Wednesday. It is unusual for entire families to become citizens at the same time. I think it is great that these families are able to stay in the United States together.

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Kristin Blom's comment, April 19, 2014 3:02 PM
It is exciting to see that entire families are able to stay together in America. The Abubo family's story was very inspiring. I did not realize before reading this article that a petition filed for U.S. citizenship usually takes between 10-15 years to process. Clearly, these families wanted to come to America if they were willing to go through such a long process and waiting period. Hopefully immigrant families will be able to stay together in the future.
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WASHINGTON: Black senators push to aid minority youths | Business | The State

WASHINGTON: Black senators push to aid minority youths | Business | The State | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
Sens. Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican, and Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, unveiled a bill that would give businesses tax credits for hiring apprentices registered with the U.S. Labor Department or with a state government agency.
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Senators Tim Scott and Cory Booker brought forward a bill that is meant to help minority youths. It would give businesses tax credits for hiring apprentices registered with the U.S. Labor Department. They say it will create 400,000 apprenticeships around the nation. It is believed that America will have a shortage of workers by 2020 that are qualified for certain jobs.

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Kristin Blom's comment, April 12, 2014 11:12 PM
It is refreshing to see a Republican and a Democrat work together for the common good of the nation. This bill seems to propose an idea that is overall very beneficial to businesses and citizens all over the nation. There is a shortage of workers, so tax credits are being given to employers who hire apprentices. It is hard to believe that their is such a shortage of workers being that unemployment always seems to be a hot topic. Like I said though, I am just happy to see parties working together to get something done.
Evan Richardson's comment, April 13, 2014 9:55 PM
The article is truly encouraging. Although many oppose affirmative action, it is needed to help close the gap between cultural groups in the US, and this bill seems like it will help even more. And the US needs to invest more in innovation, as we do not have enough people to simply thrive off production, and this bill seems like it will further encourage those who think they simply don't have a chance.
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What Won't Lindsey Graham Do to Stop Immigration Reform?

What Won't Lindsey Graham Do to Stop Immigration Reform? | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it

Because everyone knows threatening to stop much needed immigration reform legislation in its tracks that will help 11 million isn’t about gays and lesbians or redefining marriage. It is indeed, however, about “social issues” (another code term used by the Republicans), which in this case means making sure those who entered our country illegally, in spite of their contributions to our infrastructure and economy, never get a pathway to citizenship.


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This article deals with an immigration reform that some senators want to put in an amendment that prevents gay and lesbian couples from getting their spouses green cards. I do not believe in homosexual marriage, but I do not think we can tell certain people they can get a green card and deny others this chance. This whole immigration reform seems like it is being created for the wrong reasons.

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Kristin Blom's comment, April 12, 2014 11:19 PM
I think this bill is trying to pack to much into one. It is difficult enough to get Republican support for immigration. If you add in something dealing with homosexuality, you are adding an even bigger hurdle to clear. It is evident that if one of the writers of the bill is going to pull support if homosexual couples are included, many other Republicans are likely to follow suit. If immigration is really the issue at hand, I think any additions need to be kept to a minimum in order to see progress in the nation.
KazzaDrask Media's comment, April 15, 2014 8:24 PM
Kara and Kristin - Thanks to the repeal of Section 3 of DOMA last year, this is no longer an issue for married same-sex binational couples, as we now have all the same federal rights as heterosexual couples. The problem with Senator Graham is that he is perhaps homosexual himself (the rumors have been churning for years). So, there was a particular issue with this Senator standing in the way of LGBT rights. That said, immigration reform is still needed by all of us -- gay, straight, American, immigrant. And reform needs to be across the board. You cannot "reform" a system for one group and leave out others. Reforming immigration last year to leave out same-sex binational couples was wrong. Fortunately, for those of us affected by that issue, we were delivered into equality by the end of DOMA. Hoping more lives will be made easier and fairer when immigration is overhauled.
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Parents take drastic measure to get care for son

NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) - Within months of bringing himhome, Sheila Trznadel knew that the boy she and her husband hadadopted from Ukraine needed more help than her family couldoffer or afford.The
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A family adopted a child from Ukraine that was 7 years old. He was violent and never showed remorse. The parents tried to get help for him, but they could not afford it so they left him at the hospital until he was treated. This can be seen as a crime so they hired a lawyer. Karen Hawkins, a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said, "we see this as a public policy issue." The state agreed to a "no-fault dependency" because the parents could do nothing for him. He is to be eventually returned to the family once he has completed treatment.

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Kristin Blom's comment, March 27, 2014 10:30 PM
This article is simply depressing. The adoptive family is in an extremely difficult position because they are trying to protect their own family while providing care to their adopted child. The adopted child clearly has mental issues that are going to be very difficult to resolve or control, and I can't imagine having to try to love a boy who is threatening to kill them. I am glad that the state passed a bill allowing the state to take custody of boys like him. I think this is necessary because he is clearly a danger to the family, but he needs to receive help. I feel bad for the boy though because he has no stable environment which I think is a necessary part of healing and improvement. I think more needs to be done to make sure that adoptive parents know the background of the children before they adopt, so they have a good idea of what to expect when bringing the child into their home.
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Justice Department keeping an eye on Texas Elections to protect voting rights

Justice Department keeping an eye on Texas Elections to protect voting rights | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it

by Molly Hennessy-Fiske, LA Times

 

Justice Department officials have announced plans to monitor local elections Saturday in three areas of Texas to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 

Federal observers will monitor polling places in Dallas, Galveston and Jasper counties, according to a Justice Department statement released Friday.

 

“Observers will watch and record activities during voting hours at polling locations in these counties, and Civil Rights Division attorneys will coordinate the federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials,” the statement said. [more]


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This article discusses the plans of Justice Department officials in Texas to monitor elections in three areas. They was to make sure the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is followed. The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.  Because of the act, the Justice Department is authorized to send federal observers to areas certified by the attorney general or by a federal court order. 

 
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Kristin Blom's comment, March 20, 2014 12:07 PM
I think it is very important to protect the rights of voters. It seems like Texas has a lot of controversy with voting laws and restrictions. In this chaotic time for them, I think it is a good idea to have the voting process monitored. While the pending laws and new regulations are still being figured out, it is important that the current laws are upheld. Once the new laws are either approved or shot down, then I think less monitoring will need to be done. The argument seems to be over discrimination, so it will be interesting to see what happens to the future of voting rights in Texas.
Evan Richardson's comment, March 23, 2014 11:30 PM
I like that Texas is trying to enforce its civil rights laws, but is it really that big of an issue today? I know a lot of people are probably racist towards people they think may be illegal aliens, but they need to register to vote to even show up to the polling stations. I just hope that the monitoring is not so intrusive that it scares of voters, as everyone's opinion should matter.
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Northrop Grumman improperly charged government more than $100 million, inspector general says

Northrop Grumman improperly charged government more than $100 million, inspector general says | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
A probe finds lax oversight, improper billing and unchecked overtime on narco-terrorism contract.
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This article discusses the fact that Northrop Grumman, the major defense contractor, charged the US government over $100 million of questionable costs on contract. It makes me so mad that someone would do this. This hurts everyone in our nation. The Defense Department is there to protect us and it is really wrong to steal from them.

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Kentucky Sues Federal Government Over Hemp Seeds

Kentucky's Agriculture Department sued the federal government Wednesday, seeking the release of imported hemp seeds that have been held up by customs officials. The state said it needs to get the seeds in the ground for the spring season and each day they are held up jeopardizes the yield. ...
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This article discusses how Kentucky sued the federal government. The federal government help up Kentucky's shipment of hemp seeds at customs. Kentucky stated that they needed to get the seeds in the ground in order to get a good yield of the crop. This hemp plant is legal, even though it is the same species as marijuana, and is used for research in Kentucky.

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Seattle aims to lead nation to $15 minimum wage

Seattle aims to lead nation to $15 minimum wage | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
They've crowded into stuffy rallies at a Seattle union hall, protested in front of fast food restaurants, marched down city streets and implored city leaders to demand an immediate $15 an hour minimum wage hike for all employees.
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This article deals with groups in Seattle that want to raise the minimum wage immediately. There is also another group that supports the minimum wage hike, but with time to implement it and some caveats. For example, they want health care, commissions, tips, and bonuses to be counted in the total wages. Even though raising the minimum wage up this high could lead to problems for businesses, I believe this group has a good plan that could work in the long run.

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 15, 2014 11:57 AM
I don't think the group who wants to immediately raise the minimum wage to $15 has the right plan. The current minimum wage is $9.32. Raising it by over $5 immediately would most definitely hurt businesses. Layoffs would have to take place. Therefore, the economic state of many families would be even worse. While I do think raising the minimum wage over time is a good idea, $15 might be a bit too much.
Evan Richardson's comment, May 18, 2014 8:37 PM
The thing about Seattle is that it is the absolute best option for this plan. Even though it may seem like a gigantic increase, the economy of the city is stimulated by amazing companies such as Google, Microsoft, Valve, etc., who give the city an extremely large amount of business that is almost unrivaled. Honestly I even think it might be a little too high, but it might be worth it to try.
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The Federal Government Just Ordered A Thousand Pounds Of Marijuana

The Federal Government Just Ordered A Thousand Pounds Of Marijuana | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
The federal government just ordered all the marijuana it wants -- something it would send most Americans to prison for doing.

On Monday, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a new rule that increases the U.S. government's production quota fo...
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This article discusses how the US government has increased the quota for marijuana. They say it is for research. I am a little unsure as to how this drug could really help people and why the government would need to increase the quota. We will see what happens.

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 9, 2014 1:07 AM
This article caught my interest immediately. I am writing a speech right now about how the federal government needs to legalize medical marijuana. I am so happy to see that more research is being done on the possible benefits of marijuana. As so many states start to legalize certain forms of marijuana, I think it is time for the federal government to follow the trend. I know their reasoning behind not supporting marijuana legalization was that not enough research has been conducted, so I am glad they are taking this issue into their own hands.
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Government airstrikes kill 40 in Aleppo, Syria

Government airstrikes kill 40 in Aleppo, Syria | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
At least 40 people were killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday when government forces dropped barrel bombs on a busy market, according to opposition activists.
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This article discusses the tragedy of 40 people dying in the Syrian city of Aleppo when government forces dropped barrel bombs on a busy market. The bombs, dropped in quick succession from several military helicopters, hit the market when the most people would be in this commercial area. The blasts came a day after activists reported more than two dozen people killed when a warplane fired a missile at an Aleppo elementary school during a children’s art exhibit. Most of the dead were students. This is terrible and needs to stop.

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118,000 sign up for health care in S.C. with new law

118,000 sign up for health care in S.C. with new law | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
The data released Thursday by President Barack Obama's administration shows nearly 214,000 people filled out applications for health care, but about 45 percent of them didn't complete the process and pick a plan. Those numbers are similar to information from other states.
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This article gives some information about how many people in South Carolina filled out applications for health care. About 214,000 people signed up, but 45% didn't complete the process by picking a plan. This article also discusses the fact that about 3/4 of the people that enrolled picked the silver plan instead of the cheapest plan.

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Evan Richardson's comment, May 4, 2014 9:54 PM
It is kind of confusing to see those numbers, was it really that difficult for people to do that final step? I guess that some people might have been surprised by the costs, but seeing as most people didn't even choose the cheapest plan, that doesn't really seem like it would be that big of an issue. It is also encouraging that these people selected a plan that wasn't the bare minimum, showing that they actually care about their well-being.
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Could a teenager's science fair project save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars?

Could a teenager's science fair project save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars? | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
When 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani applied what he learned from his science fair project to the U.S. government, he discovered he might be able to save taxpayers millions of dollars.
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This article talks about a 14 year old who discovered he could save taxpayers a ton of money. He discovered that certain fonts use less ink and could save money. The analysis predicts that if the government uses the font 'Garamond' they could save up to $394 million. That is a ton of money! I think it is worth it to try and if it doesn't work, it's not that big a deal. It's easy to change the font so we might as well try it.

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Kristin Blom's comment, April 26, 2014 11:28 PM
I always new ink was expensive, but because I don't pay for it, I never really thought about it. It is crazy that a middle school kid's science project is getting attention by the federal government. I never thought about how simply changing a font style could make a difference. I do think is important to note that although the listed font sizes may be the same for different styles, the actual printed dimensions of the letters are different. It would be interesting to see what font is most cost effective if the fonts take up the same amount of space on the page. If the government can save money, they might as well do it. If the nation could decrease its debt by using a different font, I am all for it!
Evan Richardson's comment, April 27, 2014 4:17 PM
Although I believe that the government should use this font seeing that it is easy to implement, I think that they should try going away from paper all together. Not only would it be more efficient to have electronic files, it would be way more secure, as they could encrypt the files so only certain people can see them. I feel like paper is becoming less and less viable and with the technology available today they could make paper costs even less of an issue.
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IRS emails indicate Tea Party groups could have faced 'criminal' charges, Republicans say

IRS emails indicate Tea Party groups could have faced 'criminal' charges, Republicans say | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
Newly uncovered emails show Lois Lerner, the key figure in the IRS scandal, show she was taking with the Justice Department about prosecuting Tea Party and other groups illegally seeking tax-exempt status, another indication the targeting appeared to stretch deep into the Obama administration.
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This article discusses the possibility that the IRS were targeting certain groups of people and charging them with trumped up charges. Republicans say that there have been new emails released to prove this. The emails showed the Justice Department's interest in investigating "political" groups. It is hard to tell who is right in this instance and it will be interesting to see what happens. 

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Evan Richardson's comment, April 21, 2014 2:45 AM
This article was fairly interesting, and knowing Fox News they would try to instantly break a story regarding Obama. What did confuse me was that the Tea Party was trying to apply to become tax exempt, which just doesn't make sense to me. Even though there was some wrongdoings, I feel like there is equal blame in both parties almost.
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The Critical Voice of Youth in Education Advocacy and Global Citizenship

The Critical Voice of Youth in Education Advocacy and Global Citizenship | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
Kate Anderson Simons and Rebecca Winthrop discuss the need for global citizenship education in the post-2015 development agenda and the role of the Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) in leading this conversation.

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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This article is about the program called "The education we want: an advocacy toolkit." It featured real-life stories of youths who have successfully advocated for this program.  YAG youth demonstrate remarkable passion, leadership skills, and eloquence when speaking about the barriers to quality education in their communities and in the world. They are able to understand what it mean to be a "global citizen."

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Kristin Blom's comment, April 19, 2014 2:56 PM
I found this article very empowering, specifically for youth. Youth from around the world are coming together to fight for education for all kids around the world. It is very easy to take education for granted in America because it is readily available to us. Those involved in this advocacy are true global citizens because regardless of their age, they are bettering not just their communities, but communities around the world. This article was very interesting to me as well, because I think it would be an amazing experience to teach abroad someday.
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This article addresses the need for "global citizenship" education past the 2015. The article addresses the need to move away from traditional testing methods as it is not a true measurement of global citizenship. Traditional measurements may stifle creativity and innovative thinking. 

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Glades County sheriff to close jail facility; Says federal government cut back on arrests of illegal immigrants and large jail facility is losing money; 100 jobs lost

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This article discusses the fact that the county jail is closing because they are having trouble financially. There have not been enough federal inmates sent to the jail to keep up the costs of running it. Because of this, about 100 people will lose their job. It is my understanding that this jail housed many people that were here illegally and the federal government has stopped arresting them. I am not sure how to feel about this article. I am not sure whether it is good or bad that the jail is closing.

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Evan Richardson's comment, April 13, 2014 10:28 PM
I feel like I'm the same boat as you on this one Kara. Even though it seems as though people losing their jobs for such a reason is bad, I am glad that the government is reducing their enforcement of illegal immigration. It does seem strange that a jail would have to close down though, considering that the US has the highest incarceration rate is the highest in the world, but nonetheless this situation brings up situations that are very interesting. No matter what we believe when it comes to politics, there will always be those grey areas that none of us are sure of.
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Watchdog Year-in-Review: Special reports exposed official waste and incompetence, led to congressional probes and an agency head's resignation | WashingtonExaminer.com

Watchdog Year-in-Review: Special reports exposed official waste and incompetence, led to congressional probes and an agency head's resignation | WashingtonExaminer.com | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
Seven Special Reports produced by members of the Washington Examiner Watchdog Investigative Reporting team made 2013 an especially productive year.

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This article discusses a group called "Washington Examiner Watchdog Investigative Reporting Team," who reported on seven different issues that have occurred within our government. They discuss the causes, effects, and possible solutions to many of America's pressing problems.

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Government Waste. It's all over the place & discovered from time to time. Here are examples

Evan Richardson's comment, March 30, 2014 11:41 PM
Looking through these issues was fairly interesting, most of the time I was wondering just why they were even issues. However most included fraud to save money or just cheap others out of out. I can't say that I don't expect people to do this, but it's hard to believe that this stuff is still an issue, even if we can block it out of our mind and say they aren't.
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Populus 2014 looks to inspire new conversation on public policy in Southwest Michigan

Populus 2014 looks to inspire new conversation on public policy in Southwest Michigan | Gov and Law: Kara | Scoop.it
Populus is a daylong gathering of policy makers, citizens and motivational 'thought leaders,' set for Friday in downtown Kalamazoo.
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This article is about an event called 'Populus', taking place in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is a daylong event where people gather to inspire new ideas for policy makers. This event was created to hear everyone's opinion on topics like public policies. They also want to teach people about public policy.

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Kristin Blom's comment, March 27, 2014 10:36 PM
I think this conference is a great idea. It promotes positive change in communities. It gets policy makers and citizens involved which is important to create change that is supported by the community. I also think it is a good thing that the focus is not about the partisanship but instead about the policies that could improve the community and maybe on a bigger scale, the nation.